8:35 PM ET, October 2, 2004
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Michael Young stole the spotlight on Edgar Martinez Day -- in the box score, anyway.
|Edgar feels the love in Seattle|
They sure love Edgar Martinez in Seattle.
On the eve of his final game in the majors, the Mariners' retiring designated hitter was honored with a lengthy postgame tribute Saturday night after Seattle's 10-4 loss to the Texas Rangers.
"I would like to thank so many people," Martinez said. "Along the way, so many people impacted my life. They helped me so much to accomplish all the things I've been able to accomplish on the field."
Major league commissioner Bud Selig was cheered by fans who stayed after the game when he announced that baseball's award honoring the designated hitter of the year now will be called The Edgar Martinez Award.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said the city will rename a stretch of Atlantic Street that borders Safeco Field. From now on, it's Edgar Martinez Drive.
The evening opened with a video of career highlights, and then a long ovation when Martinez emerged from the clubhouse. He walked a red carpet to the infield as fireworks went off and the theme from "Superman" played.
"We love you, my friend," broadcaster Dave Niehaus told him, leading fans in the popular singsong chant of "Eddd-gaaar! Eddd-gaaar! Eddd-gaaar!"
Martinez -- nicknamed "Papi," a Spanish term of endearment -- sat quietly with his two children and his wife, Holli, while dignitaries, teammates and former teammates sang his praises.
The parade included Gov. Gary Locke, Selig and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda. Former teammates Norm Charlton, Jay Buhner, Mike Blowers, Dave Valle and Alvin Davis also appeared.
The 41-year-old Martinez, considered one of the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation, is a career .312 hitter, with 309 home runs, 2,247 hits, 514 doubles, 1,283 walks and a career on-base percentage of .418.
He's a seven-time All-Star and a two-time AL batting champion.
-- Associated Press
Sisler's relatives received a standing ovation during pregame ceremonies to recognize Suzuki's record. Selig was booed. ... Suzuki appeared to lean for a catch as he ran forward in the seventh, but Chad Allen was awarded a hit by umpire Derryl Cousins. ... Bert Blyleven allowed a major league-record 50 HRs in 1986. ... Rogers was with Texas when he set his previous high of 17 wins, in 1995. ... Cabrera and Raul Ibanez each went 3-for-4.
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 12-7 (as of Sat 10/2)|
|Fri 4/16||TEX 5, @SEA 0||Recap|
|Sat 4/17||@SEA 4, TEX 1||Recap|
|Sun 4/18||@SEA 4, TEX 2||Recap|
|Fri 4/23||@TEX 10, SEA 8||Recap|
|Sat 4/24||@TEX 3, SEA 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/25||@TEX 14, SEA 6||Recap|
|Tue 6/22||@TEX 10, SEA 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/23||@TEX 6, SEA 3||Recap|
|Thu 6/24||@TEX 9, SEA 7||Recap|
|Mon 6/28||TEX 8, @SEA 5||Recap|
|Tue 6/29||@SEA 4, TEX 3||Recap|
|Wed 6/30||TEX 9, @SEA 6||Recap|
|Thu 7/1||@SEA 8, TEX 4||Recap|
|Fri 9/24||SEA 8, @TEX 7||Recap|
|Sat 9/25||@TEX 5, SEA 4||Recap|
|Sun 9/26||SEA 9, @TEX 0||Recap|
|Fri 10/1||@SEA 8, TEX 3||Recap|
|» Sat 10/2||TEX 10, @SEA 4||Box Score|
|Sun 10/3||TEX 3, @SEA 0||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Rangers | Mariners|
|2nd||J Cabrera doubled to right, R Ibanez scored.||0||1|
|4th||M Young homered to left center, H Blalock scored.||2||1|
|4th||J Cabrera singled to center, E Martinez scored, J Cabrera to second advancing on throw.||2||2|
|5th||M Young doubled to deep left, M Alexander scored, H Blalock to third.||3||2|
|5th||M Teixeira doubled to left, H Blalock and M Young scored.||5||2|
|5th||K Mench doubled to deep right center, M Teixeira scored.||6||2|
|6th||R Barajas doubled to deep left, L Nix scored.||7||2|
|6th||M Alexander hit a ground rule double to deep center, R Barajas scored.||8||2|
|6th||M Young singled to left, M Alexander scored.||9||2|
|6th||S Spiezio singled to left, R Ibanez scored, J Cabrera to second.||9||3|
|7th||K Mench homered to left.||10||3|
|9th||R Winn hit sacrifice fly to left, D Wilson scored.||10||4|
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|Stadium||Safeco Field, Seattle, WA|
|Attendance||45,817 (96.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||72 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Dimuro, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Joe West|